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Gardner-Edgerton’s start too much for Kapaun

Gardner-Edgerton's Trae Wrench (33) blocks a shot by Kapaun's Atir Cherne (11) duringthe 2nd quarter during the championship game  at the 45th annual Bluestem Classic in El Dorado saturday. (Jan. 19, 2013)
Gardner-Edgerton's Trae Wrench (33) blocks a shot by Kapaun's Atir Cherne (11) duringthe 2nd quarter during the championship game at the 45th annual Bluestem Classic in El Dorado saturday. (Jan. 19, 2013) The Wichita Eagle

Down 19 points at halftime to Gardner-Edgerton on Saturday, the Kapaun Mount Carmel locker room wasn’t as down as it could have been.

“We were coaching up,” Kapaun coach John Cherne said. “It’s not a yell, it’s not a scream. They are being coached and we are trying to teach, we are trying to fix.”

The composure transferred to the players, who rallied back from as many as 22 points only to fall short 69-62 in the championship game of the Bluestem Classic.

Kapaun led 11-4 in the early going before Gardner outscored the Crusaders 36-10 heading into the half. Braden Hullings, Kapaun’s start guard, was held to three points in the half.

The third quarter was all about Hullings, who exploded for 13 points and helped trim Gardner’s lead from 22 down to 8 points by the end of the third quarter.

“He’s developing and he’s maturing over this year,” Cherne said about Hullings. “When playoff times come … what’s going to be nice is he’s growing as it comes around. He goes last year from being someone coming as a sixth man to now he’s the man.”

Kapaun got as close as 65-62 with 1:08 to play, but three-point shots by Hullings in the final minute wouldn’t drop and Gardner was able to finish the game from the foul line.

“The kids showed a lot of character,” Cherne said. “This is a measuring stick for March. We got to hear them yell and shout in the locker room. This is motivation. This is all it is. We have an ultimate goal in March.”

Hullings led all players with 20 points and was also named the tournaments Top Player. Senior Toby Baxter added 15 points for the Crusaders.

Leading Gardner is scoring was Brett Wright with 19 points, 13 of which came from the free-throw line.

Tournament MVP went to El Dorado’s Travis House.

El Dorado 74, Collegiate 66, OT — John Scott scored 26 points and Travis House had 23 to lead host El Dorado to the overtime victory in the third-place game.

Collegiate rallied from a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the game to overtime. Riley Kemmer scored 29 points to lead the Spartans, who made 22 of 27 free throws.

Trinity Academy 52, Great Bend 39 — Ryan Miller scored 14 points to help the Knights win the fifth-place game.

Campus 69, Circle 67 — The Colts held off Circle for the seventh-place game victory. Colton Flax had 12 points and Josh Strotkamp and Gabe Chavez had 10 each for Campus.

G-Edgerton 18 22 11 18 69
Kapaun 13 8 22 19 62

Gardner-Edgerton: Wright 3 13-15 19, Wrench 5 2-2 13, Plank 4 0-0 11, Huppe 3 1-2 9, Carpenter 2 2-3 6, Dodson 2 1-2 5, Jo. Lang 1 0-0 3, Clarke 1 0-0 2, Hultgren 0 1-2 1. Totals 21(7) 20-28 69.

Kapaun: Hullings 9 0-0 20, Baxter 6 3-4 15, Lickteig 2 4-4 8, Akao 1 4-4 7, Hamilton 2 0-0 4, Santiago 2 0-0 4, Cherne 1 1-2 4. Totals 23(4) 12-14 62.

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